As a series focused on displaying a believable neohistory given the series beginning— of being as realistic as possible given the initial series premises—the two approaches both fail equally in covering all the cases by any strict measure, because the character set who is starring in one thread will almost invariably appear in one or more other story lines as a personal departure point for that character's personal biographical history, or as a supporting role for events depicted in a book mainly covering events in another thread.
A former union organizer and a socialist , Flint disdains the Great Man theory of history, where big figures of heroic scope define events, but instead lays claim throughout the entirety of works in the series, that history is the small actions of common men acting in their own self-interest who in the aggregate determine historical forces and force events and responses from those in power, who might lay some claim to being a giant of history—the statesmen and power brokers who dot the I s and cross the T s and add occasional curlicues to the historic march of events—riding the torrent far more often than leading it in Churchillian or Rooseveltian fashion.
That some persons of that mold have existed is not disputed, but that the narrative report that makes up historical reporting tends to overstate their impact and role, is Flint's theme. No matter what approach one takes to classifying a plot sequence in the series—be it geographical or character-based—the key element of the series to comprehend is that the events depicted in its now voluminous works are not taking place in a vacuum, but in most cases are concurrent with developments in other parts of the European center.
The Central European thread or more correctly, the Central and Southwest Central European thread, is the main plot thread of the series. It concerns events in the region from west to east of the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland , Northern France , the Spanish Netherlands , French Netherlands , and the Dutch Republic , and the whole of western Germany eastwards to Brandenburg and the Electorate of Saxony , and southerly to the northern reaches of Bavaria.
Bavaria proper, Switzerland, Austria, Bohemia, and points easterly and north are properly geographically part of the Eastern European thread. The Southern European thread, or Western South Europe and South Central European thread, or perhaps more appropriately, the South-Central and Southwestern European thread, involves characters introduced in the short story " To Dye For " by Mercedes Lackey but the thread plot action proper continued in the second published novel sequel of the series, the best-selling The Galileo Affair [ citation needed ] and its direct sequel, The Cannon Law , both co-written by Flint and Andrew Dennis.
The Eastern European thread is taken to be east of the East Central European thread, the latter of which may be understood as the baseline through eastern parts of modern-day Germany, Austria, and western Hungary. The first fiction written within this thread was the novelette " The Wallenstein Gambit " and the prequel short stories leading up to it, all published in Ring of Fire , but subsequent long fiction planned in the setting had to await authors' scheduling issues.
David Weber and Eric Flint in writing and Ring of Fire originally contracted together and with Baen's Books to co-write five " main series " books—the first two and perhaps some as yet unrevealed others being known as the naval thread. When working on the long-delayed The Baltic War novel and with the prolonged and ongoing demand for the series sequels, and considering the already-experienced delays imposed by the difficulty of getting schedules between themselves synchronized it took three planned "windows of opportunity" before one worked in The Baltic War  well enough for the two to have the three to six months or so needed to collaborate successfully, the two decided to alter their original planning and spin off a new thread—one based on the United States of Europe as a naval power.
The thread is continued in Commander Cantrell in the West Indies , which is the story of the United States of Europe's naval task force, operating in the Caribbean Sea and surrounding waters, and the various forces it comes into contact with including the surviving remnants of the Dutch naval force destroyed in This agreement for Weber to leave aside European threads likely will follow up foreshadowings of overt dislike evinced by various Grantville natives for both the African slave trade and the Amerindian encounters with colonizing Europeans—and Flint has already written a very sympathetic, two-volume alternate history from the American Native's viewpoint in his Arkansas Wars series—and he'd written similar foreshadowings into the series' earlier works that were spun into pro-democracy and anti-anti-Semitic social themes now manifesting in the series in the Eastern Europe thread in particular, as well as an overall, muted sub-theme.
This revised author's decision released a logjam of backup of other novels in the series, so that since rehashing their arrangement, series books have been released regularly every 4—6 months. Stories in Slushpile regarding obtaining strategically important materials and some which have reached publication in regard to the Essen Steel Corporation and Essen Chemical are foreshadowing activities mining chromium for one in North America, and others are pursuing latex rubber in South America.
In addition, the three books contracted between Flint and David Weber will in part involve expeditions sent by Gustavus and Mike Stearns to American shores. Two novels focused on the Americas were initially serialized in The Grantville Gazette magazine:. Fans are encouraged to contribute to the series though an online message board known as Baen's Bar. The entire Grantville Gazette and large portions of the Ring of Fire anthology, both of which are considered canonical, are paid, fan-written albeit edited by Flint works, and have directly contributed material to the main novels.
The author also worked with other established authors to develop new stories and plot lines for further novels which are also published in the two Ring of Fire anthologies. Ring of Fire has several levels of meaning: First it is the eponymous reference to what the townfolk themselves and the few outside German witnesses have come to call the observed phenomenon of their time-space juxtaposition. Secondly, it is a disparaging reference to the effects on the population of Germany at large, suffering under the war's environment outside American-controlled territory, used by Mike Stearns addressing a town meeting:.
It is a science fiction novel originally released in November , but atypically, continues to actually increase in quarterly sales, as do most of the sequels. Three of eighteen of the bi-monthly Gazettes , and counting are the printed canonical Grantville Gazettes I , II , and III , the first of which is almost entirely longer fiction Flint couldn't put in the already lengthy Ring of Fire shared universe collection, the de facto first sequel antedating collaborative work on , and of which two have been best sellers , published in print, and an additional, rapidly growing number of related Grantville Gazettes e-books or e-zines not in print.
In writing , Flint's web forum Mutter of Demons at Baen's Bar was soon taken over by exploratory posts as captivated readers commented on the E-ARC released book, creating a ground swell of interest "Internet buzz" in the months before its hardcover release. So strong was the response, especially after the release of the printed work, that a new Tech Manual sub-forum was created for discussions about it in early , for the discussions had also spilled over into Weber's Bu-ships tech forum, and Weber joined the bandwagon by suggesting a sequel was in order.
In the event, the two co-wrote and collaborated further on integrating the short fiction much of it unsolicited into the de facto Ring of Fire sequel. The Grantville Gazettes are a series of short stories in the collaborative fiction experiment, which started life as an online serialized magazine with an inconsistent and sporadic publication history. After the death of Jim Baen and with the publication of Grantville Gazette X by Baen Books , the last under contract with Baen, the Gazettes were again reconstituted as a subscription e-zine, now published regularly at six per year bi-monthly and paying above standard rates for submissions.
They are a "boiler room" powering the collaborative synergy by the people involved with the Tech Manual and have developed into a repository for new ideas and themes in the series, although most explore the personal experiences of minor characters in the series or examine in depth some aspect e.
In general, the anthologies in the series depict deep background canonical to future tales, but which are not in the mainstream "action" of the novels focus. A group of stories have on several occasions produced a new plot thread. As of the end of , there are now 42 volumes of the Grantville Gazettes , most of them available in Amazon Kindle editions as well as some other electronic formats.
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The Gazettes began as an experimental, semi-professional, online magazine featuring fan fiction and nonfiction edited by Flint and eventually a volunteer editorial board. At the time of Jim Baen's death in the summer of ten Grantville Gazettes were under contract and they had with some fits and starts settled into a new version roughly and irregularly three times a year. Baen's production staff was somewhat overworked by the deadline and the serialized magazine gave way to an e-book release from the sixth volume onward—though this was explained by Flint as primarily being due to Flint's other commitments, such as editing the new science fiction magazine Jim Baen's Universe.
Earlier on, he'd explained the production delays in terms of overworked proofreaders, executive editors, and so forth. Flint has explained that the market for anthologies is always very soft, no matter the genre, and it seems likely that any new print version from the Gazettes will be a Best of The Grantville Gazettes. In the meanwhile, Grantville Gazette X was jointly published as an e-book by Baen, but also as the first foray of Eric Flint Enterprises at grantvillegazette. It is modeled very much on the same lines as Jim Baen's Universe , which is edited by Flint.
Beginning in early , the Gazette' s publishers added an online, web-based edition published quarterly and moved the paper series to an annual "best of" volume. When the novel was written in , it was conceived as an experiment in the literary genre alternate history by Flint, without intentions of writing any immediate sequel.
He had, in fact, several other years of writing projects planned, which subsequent developments were to delay as late as publication in — Flint—as a relatively new writer at the time, following the popular demand for a sequel, elected to invite other established authors in the Baen's stable of writers to share the universe in order to rapidly develop its potential—in this he traded on his experience as an editor. This went on concurrently with a great deal of reader input in what became the Tech sub-forum on Baen's Bar. In this initiative, he became the editor he was already a Baen editor for the Baen Free Library and together with fan input on Baen's Bar , and collaboration with established best-selling author David Weber on the first long sequel, , concurrently put together the Ring of Fire anthology to inaugurate the short fiction in the series.
The novel and anthology shaped one another, all filtered through and also shaped by the discussions on Baen's website. This process continues to this day, primarily in the form of The Grantville Gazettes. Initially an experimental e-magazine of fan fiction, the first volume was successful enough to be released as a paperback. Subsequent Gazettes have also been released in print form. Flint, as editor of all the short fiction, also maintains the series canon co-ordinated by the In point of fact, the short fiction in the series frequently provides a more in-depth background and foreshadows larger events that are the meat of the long fiction in the series.
The longer works are replete with mentions to events covered in the shorter works, and with characters and the history and events unfolded in such materials.
Flint always publishes one of his own stories within the short fiction collections, or in the case of The Ram Rebellion , considerably more, as it introduces several important background factors that are central to further series developments as the altered history is to unfold to the reader. In June , the Ring of Fire Press was created to reissue certain materials originally published online in the Grantville Gazette.
Second, it would publish several themed collections of fact articles. Initially, five Ring of Fire Press volumes was made available through Amazon as Kindle editions or print on demand paperback books. In January , the Ring of Fire Press expanded their list of available publications by releasing their first original novel in the series, The Battle for Newfoundland , which only contained original material that was not previously published.
In addition to Amazon, Baen began distributing selected titles for Ring of Fire Press through their web store and their other distribution channels. In October , the Ring of Fire Press began releasing novels that are part of the Time Spike series that were previously published as serials in the Grantville Gazette. In April , the Ring of Fire Press began releasing novels that were not a part of either the or Assiti Shards book series. As of , four books in the series had significantly large number of sales of hardcover editions to become eligible for The New York Times Best Seller list.
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In particular, it was written from a desire on my part to make a relatively ordinary small American town the collective protagonist of the story. And then, as the story unfolded, to keep the focus as much as possible on what you might call the level of the common man and woman—understanding that, as the story unfolded, more and more seventeenth-century Europeans would become an integral part of that collective protagonist.
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